Barring a disaster, that’s it, I’m done. It’s all booked, deposit cheques are in the post and all I need to do now is get fit enough to walk it 🙂
The total price of 17 nights accommodation finally came in at £556.95 (the 95p being the only non-full pound payment, to Once Brewed Hostel which also charged the least, at £15.95). The most expensive place was jointly the B&B in Hebden Bridge at £45 and the Border Hotel – my last night luxury also at £45. On average the 17 nights came to £32.76 – a bit less than I was expecting, so happy me – I have some extra cash to spend on kit 🙂
My final itinerary looks like this:
Wed, 5th May 2010 – Crowden at Old House
Thu, 6th May 2010 – Standedge at Wellcroft
Fri, 7th May 2010 – Hebden Bridge at Prospect End
Sat, 8th May 2010 – Cowling at Woodland House
Sun, 9th May 2010 – Malham at Beck Hall
Mon, 10th May 2010 – Horton at the Crown Hotel
Tue, 11th May 2010 – Hawes at Herriots Guest House
Wed, 12th May 2010 – Keld at Butt House
Thu, 13th May 2010 – Bowes at the Ancient Unicorn
Fri, 14th May 2010 – Middleton at Belvedere House
Sat, 15th May 2010 – Dufton at Brow Farm B&B
Sun, 16th May 2010 – Garrigill at Eastview
Mon, 17th May 2010 – Greenhead at Greenhead Hostel
Tue, 18th May 2010 – Once Brewed at Once Brewed YHA
Wed, 19th May 2010 – Bellingham at Lynn View
Thu, 20th May 2010 – Byrness at The Byrness
Fri, 21st May 2010 – Kirk Yetholm at The Border Hotel
And speaking of kit, I’ve just bought my first piece. I took a trip out to Go Outdoors, the biggest outdoor shop within easy distance of home – primarily to get a pair of long-johns (my current ones are on their…er.. last legs?). I stopped in at the rucksack section to see if they had any GoLite packs in stock. I’d already decided that my pack is the best source of weight saving and could probably be achieved for the least amount of outlay too. I found a Pinnacle and a Pursuit. The Pursuit isn’t any lighter than my Arete (the old style Arete, not the new one) so I quickly dismissed that, but the Pinnacle looks quite funky. This is a big bag as well, the website stats say it’s a 72 litre pack and it looks it – which is way more than I need, even for a three or four day backpack I’d never fill it (or rather if I did I’d never carry it).
However, despite the volume, I tried it on, the hip belt fits beneath my gut nicely and the long version fits my back too, so in terms of size it’s just what I need. They had no Jam’s in though so I walked out with just my long-johns.
I got home and searched the web for a while and found a new 2009 model Jam at Outdoor Warehouse for only £40 – that’s a huge reduction from the list price and they had long back versions and the colour I wanted(a rather understated grey they call Night). So I ordered it. Rather impulsive I know – I’ve not tried one on yet. However, I can return it if I need to and at that price it seemed like a reasonable gamble.
So that’s the first (and possibly the most important) piece of kit sorted. My quest now turns to waterproof boots and possibly some new waterproof trousers (do you see a theme starting? I’m not expecting 17 days of sunshine).